Homelessness

Homelessness is a real problem in communities across the Commonwealth — a problem that increasingly involves not only individuals but entire families. On any given day, 16,200 Pennsylvanians are known to be homeless. During one school year, school districts around the state provide services to approximately 13,000 homeless children.  

The issues of affordable housing and homelessness are intricately connected. While circumstantial factors vary, homelessness occurs when people or households are unable to acquire and/or maintain housing they can afford. The chief cause of homelessness in the United States is the scarcity of affordable homes. 

The Housing Alliance has also organized the Homeless Providers Network, a subcommittee of service providers and advocates to develop and focus more resources on the growing issue of homelessness.

News for Homelessness

Legislation Addresses Affordable Housing Needs

From Pittsburgh's radio WESA to the Philadelphia Business Journal, press across the state is covering Senate Bill 1380.
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Former McKeesport YMCA transformed into housing for needy

The former McKeesport YMCA was rededicated this week as McKeesport Downtown Housing, an 84-unit structure that houses homeless and low-income individuals.
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Grow housing fund, and investments

An op-ed by State Sen. Shirley Kitchen and Elder Vogel
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HUD Section 811 PRA in PA

The Section 811 PRA program is a collaborative effort between PHFA and the Department of Public Welfare (“DPW”).

New program puts home before job for the homeless

Your Way Home flips the script for reducing suburban homelessness.
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Housing Alliance Encouraged by Progress on Housing Issues

Recent growth of legislative support is reason to be optimistic about the future.
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U.S. Senate panel backs Julian Castro for housing secretary

The Senate Banking Committee voted 16-6 to place Castro at the helm of the agency.
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